Adams Publishing Group names new regional presidents


Adams Publishing Group named new regional presidents for its Chesapeake and Ohio regions.

Jim Normandin was named regional president of APG Media of Chesapeake, Executive Vice President and Eastern Divisional President Gregg Jones announced.

David Fike will continue to serve as publisher of The Star Democrat in Easton, Maryland, and will take on the additional responsibility of serving as the APG Chesapeake Region’s chief revenue officer. He also was named chief development officer for the Eastern Division of APG for its Sales CRM Initiative.

Jones also announced that Mark Cohen has been named president and publisher of Adams Publishing Group of Ohio, effective March 1, when he leaves his position as president of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association and MANSI Media Agency.

Cohen is succeeding Monica Nieporte, who is joining the Ohio News Media Association as its new president.

“On behalf of Adams Publishing Group, I am very pleased to welcome Jim Normandin as the new regional president of APG Media of Chesapeake,” Jones said. “Jim has a solid and successful track record of working with small, medium and large media companies and their leadership teams over nearly four decades. He possesses a highly participative leadership style that focuses on solution-based principles, and that perfectly complements David Fike’s significant leadership experience in, and institutional knowledge of, the Chesapeake Region. They will make a highly effective team.”

Normandin, 58, began his career in the classified department at the Fitchburg Sentinel and Leominster Enterprise in Massachusetts. Most recently, Normandin served as COO of the Union Leader Corporation, publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, based in Manchester. The veteran newspaper executive has served top management positions at publications and groups in Missouri, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio, Iowa and New Hampshire.

“I am honored to join APG Media of Chesapeake and excited to lead the talented team of APG professionals to advance our mission in tandem with David Fike,” Normandin said.

“More specifically, I know the impact quality publishing can have in strengthening a community, and I am confident we will progress with this mission and vision burning brighter than ever.”

Normandin has presided over numerous industry-related, educational, private and public foundations and associations during his career, including the Independent Newspaper Group and the Woodward Foundation. He was in the inaugural class of Inland’s Executive Program for Innovative Change.

Fike, 51, is a native of Easton and a 26-year veteran of the Chesapeake Publishing Group, owned since 2014 by APG. He began his career at The Kent Island Bay Times on Kent Island in the sales department and steadily advanced in leadership positions within APG Media of Chesapeake and its predecessors.

“I am excited to move into this new role with Adams while, at the same time, keeping my ties to the local market,” Fike said.

“I’m looking forward to working in tandem with Jim Normandin and our leadership team in the region to propel our products and our staff into the future.”

“We are excited to have Mark join us to move the Ohio group forward. He brings energy, passion and vast experience on the revenue and audience development side, along with over thirty achievement-filled years in the business,” said Jones.

“I loved being the president of PNA and MANSI,” said Cohen. “But, once I talked to (APG President and CEO) Mark Adams and Gregg Jones, I knew APG was a great fit for me. It’s like a coming-home party to the Buckeye state and, combined with the alignment of my values and the core principles of Adams Publishing, I was excited to re-enter the business and get back to the hands-on, day-to-day operation of a forward-thinking media company.”

A Cincinnati native, Cohen began his career as a sales executive at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

From November 2013 to September 2017, Cohen was the Publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal and

Over his thirty years in the newspaper business, Cohen has been a regional COO, vice president of advertising, who began in the newspaper business as a writer before moving to ad sales. Cohen held several other various positions as new product director, and he launched XL Marketing, an ad agency based in Indianapolis.

Cohen has worked for CNHI, Thomson Newspapers, Morris Communications, GateHouse Media, and the former Pioneer Newspaper Group, which APG purchased in late 2017.

With 30 daily newspapers, more than 100 non-daily newspapers and other enterprises operating in 20 states and the District of Columbia, APG describes itself as “first and foremost a family-owned community newspaper company.” Other Adams family enterprises include outdoor advertising, radio, wine, and Camping World/Good Sam, the recreational vehicles business.